The Hyundai iMax people mover has been on sale in Australia now for 13 years (since 2008) so it is due for retirement, luckily Hyundai took notice of this and have released its replacement: the 2022 Hyundai Staria.

The Staria will come with eight seats, two engine options, three different variants to choose from and the option of all-wheel drive. With prices starting from $48,500 plus on-road costs, the new 2022 Hyundai Staria is $3,570 more expensive than the entry-level iMax – though significantly better equipped and much more modern.

Engine options for the 2022 Hyundai Staria are the brand’s familiar 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine producing 200kW of power and 331Nm of torque which sends drive solely to the front wheels through an eight-speed torque converter automatic.

The optional diesel engine is a 130kW/430Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, which sends drive to all four wheels via the same eight-speed automatic transmission as the petrol model. The braked towing capacity across the range is 2,500kg. The diesel engine with AWD costs buyers a further $3,000 over the petrol V6.

The entry level model Staria will be known as just ‘Staria’ and is priced at $48,500 plus on-road costs for the V6 petrol and $51,500 for the diesel. It comes with 18-inch steel wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and push button start, heated and auto-folding mirrors, drive mode selection, manual air-conditioning, a six-speaker audio system, cloth seats, a leather steering wheel, LED lighting and wireless phone charging.

The mid-spec 2022 Hyundai Staria Elite costs $56,500 for the petrol and $59,500 for the diesel and comes with a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (not wireless like the base Staria), digital radio, a power tailgate, power-sliding side doors, remote start, leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat, a 360-degree surround view camera and tri-zone climate control over the base Staria.

The top of the range Staria Highlander will set buyers back $63,500 for the petrol and $66,500 for the diesel. It adds a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, a dual-pane sunroof, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, a cloth headlining and a rear passenger view camera.

Standard across the range is Hyundai’s full suite of safety systems which include seven airbags (including a front centre unit), adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, a junction turning function to the AEB, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and lane keep assist. The 2022 Hyundai Staria is yet to receive an ANCAP safety rating.

The new futuristic design of the Staria is more van like in nature compared with rivals such as the Kia Carnival and offers a flat back with full-length LED taillights. There is also a full length light bar which houses the daytime running light at the front of the Staria.

Also rivalling the Staria is the Honda Odyssey, Volkswagen Multivan, Toyota Granvia and the Mercedes-Benz Vito/Valente.

Five different exterior colours are available: ‘Abyss Black’, ‘Graphite Grey’, ‘Moonlight Blue’, ‘Olivine Grey’ and ‘Gaia Brown’. The Staria also comes with the same five-year unlimited/kilometre warranty offered on all other Hyundai products. Service pricing is capped for five years at $360 every 12-months or 15,000km.

The 2022 Hyundai Staria goes on sale this month so expect to see them in local showrooms very soon. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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